A Teacher and Student

So here I am again, after two years of virtual silence…

What can I say? Once again, I have let my depression and workaholic me to take control. I have been online all these time, but I haven’t opened myself up as I did before. I must have bumped myself in the head or something so, I’m here once more! 🙂

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I come from a long line of teachers in our family, my sister is one and I have sort of sworn to myself that I will NEVER become like them. No, I don’t like the part where I have to stay up so late while I check test papers and what not, nor the part where I have to compute grades. Ugh! This is tough.

However, when I learned about online teaching sans the herculean tasks mentioned above, I got drawn to it like a pin to a magnet. I still remember my first teaching demo, because I failed it! But after that, I quickly checked out some YouTube videos for teaching tips and went on with my second demo. I guess, I just called on my ancestors and the power of all my teacher DNA that time (I’m a physiotherapist by profession, not a teacher). I got my foot in the door and the rest is history.

I’d say that, all it takes to succeed is guts and be at least good with something.

So this past 2+ years, I’ve been teaching English online and have even managed a bunch of teachers (and this is what kept me really busy!) You can’t imagine having to work a 10-hour shift, trying to do admin stuff and giving support, moral and technical, to all those online English teachers – but yeah, I did and after a couple of years of doing so, I decided to quit it. Just the supervisor thingy, but not being a teacher. I found great passion in teaching my students, who are scattered all over the globe. You see, I do not only get to teach them, but they teach me too, about their country, geography, history and culture.

This kind of interaction is truly valuable for me.

Though I am their teacher, I can humbly say that I, too, am their student.

So hey, if you’re interested to learn English with me, please click on this first link. If you wanna join me and become an online teacher, click on this second link. If you need my help or anything, you know where to reach me. :wink, wink:

Thank you for dropping by. See yah!

 

 

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Through the Fire

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Agni is the Sanskrit word for fire, which is cognate to the Latin word ignis — the root word for ignite.

Fire,

vivifies

and

purifies

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It is

the destroyer

of afflictions.

The agni mantra

can be chanted,

while you undergo

purification by fire.

To know more about it, please click on: Agni

OM!

Om Mahaajvalaaya Vidmahe

Agnidevaaya Dhiimahi

Tanno Agnih Prachodayaat

We’re turning Japanese

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No pun intended … I just remembered the Vapors song about Turning Japanese, and has nothing to do with lyric interpretation here.

Okayyy… so, since I left the corporate world, I’ve only been staying at home.

Doing what?

I am now an online English teacher for Japanese students. I would really love to have more students, other than those coming from the Land of the Rising Sun, but it’s the company’s choice of market. (I hope in the future, we expand the market to China!)

It is totally loads of fun, meeting my students, sharing jokes and ideas with them and helping them learn English at the same time!

One day, one of my students — Sakura, taught me how to make Omurice (japanese omelette). My Kids went crazy at their first try, and so, we make it ALMOST every day! Do you think we’re turning Japanese? 😁

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Hmmm… well, they do have positive traits like being disciplined and hard-working, that we can adopt. Plus, this nutritious and very delicious omurice!

So, why not!?

Oh! For those interested to know the Omurice recipe, you can let me know by making a comment below.

Sayonara!

Lunar New Year

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I’m Asian.

Well, a Filipino, with a mix of chinese blood running through my veins.

So in our family, the Lunar New Year is a reason for us to celebrate New Year the second time around. 🙂

My mother usually does the preparations, especially all the Feng Shui stuff. The rest of the Family contribute in cleaning the house or food preparation. In my case, I am too busy to do something and so, my usual tired self slept before midnight and just ate today some leftovers. Poor me!

But ah… look at what I found!

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That’s my share of goodies! weeeeeh … that’s what I call, abundance and happiness! 🙂

So, my wish for everyone: a blessed and abundant year ahead.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Welcome 2015!

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We’ve gone back to our lovely mountain!

Unfortunately this time, sans our beloved Daddy…

It was a way for us to remember our good times with him, here on this mountain resort, and also to let him know that as we move on to live life without him, he will always stay in our hearts.

And this time, we welcomed the new year with dear friends, the people who have been with us in the past year. I am forever grateful to friends, for with them, life is made bearable, meaningful and more beautiful.

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@The Temple of Leah, with the Domingo family, Marsha Halls and the Kids.

On the first day of 2015, we have discovered this massive building next to the mountain resort. I thought this was the famous restaurant that people go to, and they thought this was a hotel. If we had not decided to hike up to this place, we would not have discovered the wonder of this place!

The Temple of Leah! Is built (construction is still ongoing) by Teodorico Soriano Adarna, in memory of his beloved wife, Leah Adarna. Designed and built by the Adarna clan, this temple is an art gallery and museum, and shows us some amazing Greek/Roman architecture.

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We were all in awe and wonder at the magnificence of this temple. It is said to have 24 chambers, all to contain the collections of the family over the years. But for now, it is only the grounds and the lobby that’s open to the public.

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The Kids have missed their Father terribly, and were quite teary-eyed when we entered the resort. But I guess, going back to this place, plus the fresh air, food, fun, and friends have somehow healed and patched up that empty space in our hearts. We were no longer a group of four, but now a bigger group, and one little darling Victoria!

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Here’s wishing you all a great and smooth ride for 2015!

Thanks for dropping by.

See yah!

Go Macro

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In my quest for Macro

I did a few more clicks,

here, there and everywhere (within the backyard, actually!)

Still using my Smartphone and newly bought clip lens.

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With a smartphone, I cannot adjust the settings manually. It’s all just click and go. Also, since I am using a clip lens, I could not use a flash as it casts a big shadow into the image. 😦

The only proper thing to do is, to buy real macro lenses for my DSLR camera.

But in the meantime, this will do.

Thanks for stopping by…

Love yah!

My First Shot at Macro

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There was a time, since I got my D5100, that it never left my grip. I took shots of almost everything I can lay my eyes on: food, Kids, events, things, places…

ALL!

Then I got busy with work, and other stuff, and lost sight of it all.

Somewhere along the way, I got invited to join an exclusive group for Macro Photography.

WOOOOOAH!

My eyes popped.

I love how the minutest of things get so big, and so …

important all of a sudden!

I really was dying to try it, BUT when I asked around, a macro lens for a DSLR would cost me tons of money, which I am not prepared to part just yet.

Going back to this macro group, I kept on ogling at other people’s pictures, wishing they are mine.

All of a sudden, this young member started posting, and said that he only used a smartphone and a macro clip lens. Hey, wait… I’ve seen those in bazaars around town, but I have never believed they actually work!

But at the time of my great discovery, was the weekend when Hagupit was expected to wreck havoc in our country so, I had to wait for things to die down a bit.

So at the instant I was able to go out of the house, I immediately headed to where I first found these…

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weeeh! What a joy to behold! I was so excited and was like a child, once again! But this time, instead of a DSLR, I have my smartphone in tow.

I am not that proud of my first shots though, for I could not find a single bug, spider, fly, ant … bah! So I have to content myself with plants and a few Chinese coins.

But only this time.

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sooooooooo…

what do you think?

oh, go easy on me please. 🙂 I am a beginner, and would really love to learn to take beautiful pix of you, guys. (if you remember my previous post about Strobes on Food)

Thanks for stopping by.

See yah!